Thought Leaders


In addition to the national, provincial and state leaders, the Collaboratory has enlisted the support of some of the world’s leading education scholars and change leaders, including:

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Allison Skerrett

Director of Teacher Education, University of Texas at Austin.

Amanda Datnow

Amanda Datnow

Professor at the University of California, San Diego

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Andy Hargreaves

ARC President & Director of Chenine at the University of Ottawa


Beatriz Pont

Directorate for Education and Skills, OECD

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Carol Campbell

Associate Professor at OISE, University of Toronto.

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Dennis Shirley

Professor of Education at the Lynch School of Education at Boston College.


Graham HC Donaldson

Honorary professor at the University of Glasgow


Henry Braun

Boisi Professor of Education and Public Policy, Boston College


Jeannie Oakes

American Educational Research Association (AERA) President

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Joel Westheimer

University Research Chair, Democracy and Education, University of Ottawa.


Jonathan Jansen

Senior Professor, University of the Free State, South Africa


Ken Robinson

International education expert, advisor and author

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Mel Ainscow

Professor involved with multiple universities

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Michael Fullan

Worldwide expert in Whole System Change in Education


Pak Tee Ng

Nanyang Technological University


Pasi Sahlberg

Finnish education policy expert and prize-winning author

Pedro Noguera

Pedro Antonio Noguera

Dean, Rossier School of Education, University of Southern California

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Robert Jenkins


UNICEF Chief, Education

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Sean Monteith

Director of Education, Hastings and Prince Edward District School Boards.

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Steve Munby

Author and consultant


Vicky Colbert

Colombia´s Fundación Escuela Nueva Founder and Director and 2013 WISE Prize Laureate

In this photo taken Sept. 19, 2014, National Education Association (NEA) President Lily Eskelsen Garcia answers questions during an interview with The Associated Press in her office at NEA headquarters in Washington. Garcia is a Spanish speaking, guitar playing author and a former Utah teacher of the year who doesn't shy from criticizing what she describes as "toxic" testing. (AP Photo/J. David Ake)

Lily Eskelsen García

Vice president of Education International (EI) for North America and the Caribbean